Last night we were guests at party for a US speciality retailer and their Asian manufacturer. It was a great example of international trade, pleasantries, deep respect, and a really fun party. The party was about building relationships and one of the ways they bond with each other is to exchange shirts with their counterparts: big guy, small guy, president, buyer, fashion shirt, bike shop shirt, men, women, all share shirts with each other (and drinks with cheers). With each shirt exchange, they congratulate each other on a successful year and to more business.
I'd heard that doing business in Asian is all about the personal relationships and know I know why. Thanks again to our hosts.